By: Andrew Kathindi and Hellen Andreas
The mother, Wilka Mbinga (79) who is accused of beating her daughter and breaking her arm appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Mbinga, who uses a stick or stand, was remanded in custody and is expected to be back in court on Tuesday for formal bail application, while Magistrate Gabriella Perestrelo postponed the matter to 28 September 2021.
She allegedly beat up her daughter Wilka Shikongo (45) early August resulting in the arm being amputated. The incident happened at Omulondo village, Ontananga, in Oshikoto.
Mbinga was arrest last week.
In the court order, Magistrate Perestrelo noted that the state may oppose the bail application.
“The court is aware that the state can oppose to bail on first appearance. This is an old lady that cannot even walk properly and stand. I also understand that the state needs to obtain the bail statement. The court will remand the matter tomorrow [formal bail application] FBA.”
According to Shikongo, her 79-year-old mother became angry when she used up a spice that Mbinga wanted to use to season meat.
Police Deputy Commissioner Petrus Shigwedha confirmed the arrest and the court date to The Villager on Friday 17 September.
Shikongo, who remains at Onandjokwe State Hospital in Ondangwa, said her mother followed her in the bushes where she had gone to pick up wild berries.
“She was hitting me saying that she can do whatever she wants to me because she gave birth to me, and that she was not afraid of the police,” she said.
Shikongo also accused her mother of abusing her children.
“I have now lost my right arm because of her. For too long she has been abusive to us and we have been patient with her. My 13-year-old last born daughter is also a victim of her abuses. She throws sand on her while her favourite grandchildren are eating and she denies her food. My daughter has since been take out of the house by my other family members,” Shikongo said.